Connect with us

Sports TV News

XFL Ratings Drop, But Remain Strong

“Bobby Burack of The Big Lead points out that not only did the FS1 XFL broadcast top ESPN’s most recent NBA Friday night double header, it also dwarfed the TV audience for the AAF’s week 2 broadcast on TNT last year.”

Published

on

The XFL saw a dip in viewership in week 2, but that was expected after the novelty of the new league wore off. FOX, Disney, and the league still have plenty to celebrate with three of the weekend’s four XFL broadcasts averaging more than 2.1 million viewers.

On Saturday, ABC saw an average audience of 2,127,000 tune in for DC’s win over New York. Later that day 2,324,000 tuned into FOX to watch the Seattle Dragons beat the Tampa Bay Vipers.

Sunday’s games were also strong performers. The highest rated game of the weekend was the Sunday contest on ABC that saw the Dallas Renegades beat the Los Angeles Wildcats. An average audience of 2,397,000 watched that game.

FS1 had the cable broadcast this week and pulled in 1,359,000 for the St. Louis Battlehawks and Houston Renegades. That audience is significantly smaller than what the other games saw, but by cable standards, the XFL more than held its own this weekend. Bobby Burack of The Big Lead points out that not only did the FS1 XFL broadcast top ESPN’s most recent NBA Friday night double header, it also dwarfed the TV audience for the AAF’s week 2 broadcast on TNT last year.

Sports TV News

Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys

Published

on

The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.

Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.

But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.

Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.

Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:

Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.

Continue Reading

Sports TV News

Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”

Published

on

USA Today

Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.

The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.

Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.

“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”

Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”

He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.

Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.

Continue Reading

Sports TV News

NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer

“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”

Published

on

According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.

Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.

The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.

The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options. 

NFL+ would make NFL Media more valuable. The league is trying to sell an equity stake in its linear TV and digital media properties. Amazon and Apple are considered the most likely to make a deal. 

A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending

Copyright © 2021 Barrett Media.